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Opportunity Costs of Having a Child, Finance Constraints and Fertility

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  • Gilbert Cette

    () (Centre de recherche de la Banque de France - Banque de France)

  • Nicolas Dromel

    () (CREST - Centre de Recherche en Économie et Statistique - ENSAI - Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et de l'Analyse de l'Information [Bruz] - X - École polytechnique - ENSAE ParisTech - École Nationale de la Statistique et de l'Administration Économique - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, GREQAM - Groupement de Recherche en Économie Quantitative d'Aix-Marseille - ECM - Ecole Centrale de Marseille - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - AMU - Aix Marseille Université - EHESS - École des hautes études en sciences sociales)

  • Dominique Méda

    () (CEE - Centre d'études de l'emploi - M.E.N.E.S.R. - Ministère de l'Education nationale, de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche - Ministère du Travail, de l'Emploi et de la Santé)

Abstract

Economic theory often assumes that the opportunity costs of having a child and financial constraints have a simultaneous but opposite influence on fertility. This empirical study aims to test the concomitance of these effects using the answers to an original survey carried out in 2003 amongst nearly 1000 French employees, giving information about the impact of their working schedule on the number of children they intend to have. The statistical analysis, based on a 'ceteris paribus' approach using Logit estimates, strongly confirms the simultaneous presence of these two explanatory dimensions.

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  • Gilbert Cette & Nicolas Dromel & Dominique Méda, 2007. "Opportunity Costs of Having a Child, Finance Constraints and Fertility," Post-Print halshs-00641125, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:halshs-00641125
    Note: View the original document on HAL open archive server: https://halshs.archives-ouvertes.fr/halshs-00641125
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    Cited by:

    1. Creina Day, 2015. "Skill Composition, Fertility, and Economic Growth," Review of Income and Wealth, International Association for Research in Income and Wealth, vol. 61(1), pages 164-178, March.
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